Teaching and Learning


The Clemson Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a 100% online graduate program for current K-12 educators. The rich, engaging curriculum will prepare you to advance your professional standing in just 18 months. Students have the option of personalizing their experience by selecting from one of three specialization areas: STEAM, Early Childhood, or Instructional Coaching. 

Ranked #10 in the nation by U.S News and World Report for online graduate education programs, the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning program provides superb quality at an economical price.

Clemson University has combined the educational excellence that we are known for with the flexibility that many teachers desire and need. The result is a completely online Master of Education Degree in Teaching and Learning. This program is open to K-12 educators who work in formal or informal settings.

Benefits of earning a M.Ed. in teaching and learning from Clemson University:

  • Earn a degree from a top 25 public university while anywhere in the world.
  • Experience educational excellence that Clemson University is known for at very competitive tuition rates.
  • Earn a significant pay raise in most states.
  • Increase your options: continue as a classroom teacher or become a curriculum specialist, a department chair or an instructional coach (check your individual state guidelines).
  • Join a community of practitioners from across the globe as you work to improve instructional practice.


Applications for the teaching and learning Master of Education program are considered for summer entrance dates only. The program application deadline is May 15, or until the program is at capacity. To be considered for admission, individuals must complete the online Graduate School application. Every required document in support of your application must be on file by the deadline date for consideration.

Required Documents:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher in last degree earned OR top 50% score on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
  • Unofficial baccalaureate transcript(s)* 
  • Current résumé or vita**
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

*Official transcripts will be required if recommended for admission.

**To be successful in this program, you are expected to currently be working in a formal or informal education setting.

Test Requirements (if a 3.0 GPA or higher was not obtained in last degree earned)

Official test results are required from the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Psychological Corporation do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you must retake the test and have official scores sent directly to Clemson University. The GRE revised General Test is offered year-round at testing centers worldwide. Advance registration for tests is required.

GRE revised General Test

Miller Analogies Test


The teaching and learning program is an entirely online degree comprised of 30 credit hours of coursework. Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in their coursework.

The M.Ed. program is composed of two elements:

  • Core pedagogical course work (18 hours)
  • Specialization courses (12 hours)

At this time, all students desiring a M.Ed. degree in teaching and learning will select from one of the specialization areas: STEAM, Early Childhood Education, or Instructional Coaching. New cohorts begin each summer. Transfer credits from other institutions are not accepted for this degree program, but individual courses can be taken by applying to Clemson as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Those completing the STEAM specialization will also earn a STEAM certificate from Clemson University.

Plan of study for Teaching and Learning M.Ed.:

The M.Ed. in teaching and learning is an 18-month program spanning five semesters. Fall and spring courses last seven and a half weeks each, allowing students to focus on one course at a time. Likewise, summer courses are also taught one at a time but in a five week timeframe - with the exception of the first summer where students will take two classes beginning late June.

Year 1
Summer (beginning late June)

  • Curriculum Theory (ED 8650)*
  • Learning and Motivation in Context (EDF 8020)*


  • Contemporary Issues in Assessment (EDF 8080)*
  • Specialization Course #1


  • Specialization Course #2
  • Classroom-Based Research (ED 8600)

Year 2

  • Cultural Diversity in Education (EDF 8710)*
  • Specialization Course #3


  • Specialization Course #4
  • Capstone Project (ED 8990)*

* These are all part of the 18 hours of core classes


Specialization Area
STEAM Early Childhood Instructional Coaching
Specialization Course #1: STEAM Instructional Design (ED 8700) Advanced Early Childhood Education Foundations and Methods (EDEC 8100) Elements of Instructional Effectiveness (ED 8750)
Specialization Course #2: STEAM Transdisciplinary Teaching (ED 8710/8711) Advanced Early Childhood Education Curriculum (EDEC 8200) Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Learning from a Mentor Perspective (ED 8760)
Specialization Course #3: STEAM Assessment (ED 8730) Math, Science, and Technology Inquiry in Early Childhood (EDEC 8950) Building Leadership and Culture from the Role of Coach (ED 8770)**
Specialization Course #4: STEAM Enacted and Evaluated (ED 8720/8721) Parent Education in Early Childhood Multicultural Settings (EDEC 8000) Developing School-Wide Professional Learning Opportunities (ED 8780)**

**Instructional Coaching courses are currently being reviewed by curriculum committee.

More detailed course descriptions can be found in the graduate announcements.

Clemson uses the most advanced online technology to provide a rich, supportive, seamless learning environment. Courses will provide a mix of synchronous and asynchronous experiences. Students will be provided with timely support from instructors and technology personnel so that learning is maximized.


For more information about this online program, please visit the M.Ed. Teaching and Learning program webpage, or contact Julie Jones at jgambre@clemson.edu or 864-656-5096.

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Program contacts

Dr. Jeff Marshall, Program Coordinator

Julie Jones